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Source; Texas A&M University news release

Dr. Bill Dugas will be acting vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences and acting dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for The Texas A&M University System beginning Jan. 14.

Dugas, who has been associate vice chancellor and associate dean of agriculture and life sciences since 2009, will serve in the new capacity while Dr. Mark Hussey, who formerly filled those roles, serves as interim president of Texas A&M University.

"I am confident Dr. Dugas will provide the leadership needed to keep our college and agencies moving forward during this period," Hussey said.

Hussey will return to his role as vice chancellor and dean when a new president is selected for Texas A&M.

As acting vice chancellor, Dugas will oversee the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. These agencies have about 3,800 employees and annual expenditures of $400 million.

As acting dean, Dugas will be responsible for the academics, personnel, budgets and facilities of the college, which has more than 7,200 students and more than 400 faculty.

Since 2005, Dugas has served as interim director, deputy director and associate director for AgriLife Research in College Station. Previously, he was professor and resident director at AgriLife's Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple.

He has a bachelor's in climatology/meteorology from California State University-Chico, a master's from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in soil science and biometeorology from Utah State University.

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